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papuliferous (pa-pu-LIF-uhr-uhs) adjective, also papilliferous

Having pimples.

[From Latin papula (pimple) + -ferous (bearing).]

"He was immediately sympathetic when I told him about the bishop's book, and the papuliferous exegete's laboring of it."
H.L. Mencken; Heathen Days: 1890-1936.

"Zitlover is possibly the grossest film ever made. Even Briggs declined to describe most of it, but the plot involved a spectacularly be-pimpled lad who stole and then bathed in a 5-gallon can of the orange goo that stands in for cheese on convenience-store nachos. That transformed his merely papuliferous hide into a carbuncular expanse, and mayhem ensued when the cheese owner hunted him down."
John Foyston; PDX Life Out There Splatter Patter; The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon); May 10, 2002.

This week's theme: Words to describe physical characteristics of people


I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

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